January Update

January Update

The weather isn’t always fair at the GreenHouse. In fact, sometimes it’s downright miserable. We do live in Deer Park, after all. Winter time presents many challenges as far as keeping our food and clothing banks open. Happily, our teams of volunteers are truly remarkable people and they pivot with grace.
Their goal is always to help clients and they surpass our wildest hopes with their servant leader hearts. 

Take for example January 17 when we received more than 8  inches of snow. 

One of our volunteers, Marty, who shops with our clients, has also stepped up to plow the driveway so everyone at the GreenHouse can carefully walk to and from our warehouse. But on a day with this much snow, we decided it was in everyone’s best interest to close the clothing bank and host a drive up food bank for the day. This required many texts and phone calls between our staff and volunteers. 
The volunteers who could safely drive to the GreenHouse quickly unloaded the full grocery rescue van and then began pre-assembling food boxes for our clients. 

When we opened that day, we served 42 families–representing nearly 170 individuals– in a drive up event. In 15 degree weather and cold, miserable snow, they stayed happy and cheerful as they loaded box after box of food into cars. 
Our clients expressed bounteous gratitude for the food they received. I, too, am grateful. Without these tremendous volunteers, this food bank could not work. 
With humble appreciation to each and every one of you, I say THANK YOU.
Sincerely, 

Denise 
Client Services Manager 

P.S. That tall guy pictured with me is my own adult son. Jan 17 became “take your son to work day” in the best way possible. 
P.P.S Not all of our volunteers for this day are pictured. Alas, some of them are camera shy. We love them anyway, but respect their wishes to remain anonymous. 

You are the Blessings in our Lives

You are the Blessings in our Lives

Denise - Client Services Manager

December is naturally a month when our thoughts turn to the blessings in our lives. Every week, Libby, Mike, and I meet for a quick staff meeting and often the blessings we talk about are the GreenHouse volunteers.

As Operations Manager, Mike has a team of volunteers that often never interface with our clients. They are the cheerful humans who spend their mornings driving to stores for food rescue pickup, stocking shelves, sorting donations, cleaning, tidying, breaking down boxes, and making our food room ready for our clients. 

As the Director of our food bank, Libby’s team of volunteers also work behind the scenes. They’re the ones who help make copies, assist with grant writing, and work on public relations and communication to help fundraise for the GreenHouse. They help spread the word about upcoming events that benefit our community. 

The volunteers who work alongside me in the afternoons when we are open have a special task. They restock shelves and freezers, but most importantly they help shop with our clients, creating a smooth experience for everyone who walks through our doors. They offer kindness, generosity, listening ears, and heartfelt encouragement when people need it the most. As a group, they bolster me with their commitment to service.

Last, we have a very special set of behind-the-scenes volunteers. They are the ones picking up our cardboard, the farmers who take spoiled produce for animal feed, or the citizens who send in a check when we ask for funds. 
They’re the people who serve on our board of directors, and the ones who bring in garden and farm donations during the summer and clothing donations during the year, or food donations once a month because they want to. 
They are the store managers and employees who set aside food so our volunteers can collect it and distribute it. They are the business owners who collect winter coats or toys for children. They are the churches and scouting troops who send teams of people to clean our warehouse. 

THEY ARE YOU. 

Because you see, the GreenHouse is the community’s space. It belongs to us all and it only works because of the generous spirit of our community. 
Can you see now how easy it is for Libby, Mike and me to offer our thanks for the blessings in our lives? Those blessings are YOU and we are grateful. 

Sincerely,

Denise—Client Services Manager

Thank You Precious Little Lambs Preschool!

Thank You Precious Little Lambs Preschool!

Precious Little Lambs Preschool donation

Team GreenHouse would like to thank the students and staff at Precious Little Lambs Preschool for their generous donation to our food bank. This donation included lots of yummy treats that aren’t normally on our shelves and our volunteers heard many happy comments from our patrons. 

Christmas Gifts Have Arrived

Christmas Gifts Have Arrived

Thank you to the Deer Park businesses, churches, and community members who donated toys to the GreenHouse this year! Our Operations Manager, Mike, has been busy putting together a beautiful display for our clients to shop from. Today one mother had grateful tears in her eyes because of the community’s generosity.